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Video: Reader Alleges “Professional” Pick Pocket at H &Pizza

by Prince Of Petworth January 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm 24 Comments

Alleged Pick Pocket Robbery January 27, 2014 at H & Pizza Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

DC friends be on the lookout for pick pockets. On Monday, January 27, 2014 around noon I was having lunch with a friend at H and Pizza in H st NE, DC. Long story short: while we were having lunch a lady between the ages of 45-55 stole her wallet from her purse. An hour later they had already charged over $1200 to her credit cards. Since everything happened so fast I thought about going back to the store and file a police report. A day later the management of the restaurant released the videos to me, at first I didn’t see anything. But upon a closer look it was clear that this lady is a “professional” there are no coincidences in her acts.”

  • alpinepaq

    Footage like this really begs the question as to why stores even pay to install cameras.

    • +1

    • Anonymous

      Insurance requirements?

  • gotryit

    That is an especially bad camera. You’d think they could spend a few hundred on a decent one.

  • Anonymous

    ive seen baby monitors with better video than this.

    • Linc Park SE


  • anonymous

    The quality of this type of footage is usually really bad because of the compression. It takes a lot to actually manage high quality footage of multiple cameras at once. Either way, they were very helpful at releasing the video footage as soon as possible. Also, there’s plenty of footage from other locations were she used the stolen credit card to purchase different items and it fits the same description. She’s going to get caught, guarantee.

    • Anonymous

      i always assume that the actual footage is better quality than what gets emailed around. right?

      • Anonymous

        it’s not.

      • gotryit

        Possible, but I assume the opposite. The quality of a video on youtube isn’t much different than the original. Except if it’s a recording of the video playing on a screen.

        • Anonymous

          the quality is exactly what you see here. the cameras record it in this format.

    • dcreal

      Frist- where was your friend? was her bag sitting unattended?
      Second- I believe stores that allow people to use credit cards and not verify identity should be held just as responsible for the charges.

      • Anonymous

        a good 1% of stores verify identity with credit cards.

        • textdoc

          I find it so refreshing when I’m using my credit card in the UK (where almost all credit cards are “chip and PIN”) and the store clerk dutifully compares my signature on the receipt to the signature on the card. NEVER happens in the U.S.

      • RL

        Except that the credit card companies themselves prohibit merchants from mandating that customers show ID as a matter of normal practice. Considering the card issuer is the one left on the hook financially, it’s their call. Of course, they end up passing those costs on in fees and interest…

      • Ex-Californian

        IDs are checked much frequently in California when making purchases with debit or credit cards. I was back home last week and did a bunch of shopping. Anytime I spent more than approximately $50, I was asked for ID. For whatever reason, cashiers don’t check ID on the East Coast. Odd.

        • Justaphil

          Hey, if you want me to check your ID, write it on the back of your credit card. Write Check ID and I will every time.

          • Anonymous

            That violates the credit card agreement.

    • Anonymous

      I had something similar happen to me in Old Town. Even though the people used the credit cards at gas stations, Target, CVS, and Best Buy (all places with excellent security cameras), they were NOT caught.

  • jayp

    I’m sorry, but it doesn’t take a professional to grab something out of an unattended bag on the ground. I’m really sorry for your friend, but this is a city and extra “city smart” cautions need to be taken while out in public. At least you are lucky enough to have some security footage. Best of luck,

  • anonymous

    I’m not going to waste my time going back and forth with anybody, but what happened was a crime regardless of what anybody says. Her purse was hanged on the chair as we all do with our coats in winter. She was seating at the chair and I was sitting in front of her. This lady had clear intentions since the minute she walked in, and this is demonstrated in the captioned video . If it wasn’t my friend, could it have been anybody else.

    The original footage has better quality and there are many other cameras that have a better angle on the suspect. Either way, I already talked to another store were the suspect used the stolen credit card and it fits the same description as the lady that is shown in the above video.

  • rejamaphone

    I’m glad you posted something about this because I’m pretty sure a good friend of mine got pick pocketed at Jumbo Pizza on U and 14th. I think the pizza connection here is probably just a coincidence. Although delicious pizza can be distracting.

    Jumbo Pizza can be pretty crowded and wild on the weekends and there were some people in there that were kinda acting shady and bumping into people. Of course hindsight is 20/20. Pick Pockets are horrible people and should lose a finger with each offense. Discuss.

    • Paying for food at Jumbo Pizza is akin to being pick-pocketed anyway. Your friend got robbed twice!

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    In this life, one thing counts
    In the bank, large amounts
    I’m afraid these don’t grow on trees,
    You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two


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